Slash offered up a brief, but notable update regarding Guns N’ Roses working on new music.
In an interview with Sweetwater (embedded below), the guitarist said when asked about how he’s occupying his time during the coronavirus pandemic, “I’ve been pretty much a homebody, but I’ve been back and forth between my studio in the house and doing a lot of writing and recording on my own. I’ve been jamming with Duff and I’ve been jamming with Axl, and I’ve been doing stuff like that, so we’ve been getting some work done that way. I’m basically just focusing on writing new music and recording demos and recording guitar stuff for Guns and whatnot.”
Everyone in the GN’R camp has been playing close to the vest when it comes to new music. The last update of any kind came from Susan Holmes McKagan, wife of bassist Duff McKagan, who said in an appearance on the GN’R podcast Appetite for Distortion, “I will say GN’R have been working fastidiously on some killer new stuff, and I can’t say much, but I’ve heard bits and bobs and it’s pretty epic. I do wanna spread good news, but not detailed news, I guess.”
Good, but not detailed news regarding new music from Guns N’ Roses has been a common theme for well over a year now. Back in May 2019, Slash appeared on Talkin’ Rock with Meltdown where he said, “When we finish the tour [GN’R’s select festival dates] in the fall, then we will commence on working on what will be the next Guns record…The thing is we haven’t really done anything yet, and I don’t want to say anything like, ‘Oh, yeah…’ You know how people used to promote sh-t and lie through their teeth? I just wanted to be honest about it, and so there really was no telling what we were going to do at that point, but at this point, I do know we’re going to do this run, and we’ve already started working on stuff. So, there you go.”
Slash commented on rumors in early 2019 of him visiting Axl Rose at his home and discussing working on new material by saying, “It’s funny, because there was some rumor that I was over there before I had even been there. So I was like, ‘Jesus Christ!’ And that’s just a pain in the ass and annoying, but I am excited about what we’ve got going on and everything. It’s gonna be cool. It’s gonna be awesome.”